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2004 Volkswagen Passat

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Fun, but huge waste of money! Listed Repairs.
18 of 38 people found this review helpful
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By karmann11
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2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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The car is fun to drive, AWD 4motion is amazing, and it does deliver fantastic MPG vs other models released the same year. Here's the issue. Read all other reviews, It's a maintenance lemon! Below I've listed the problems occurred after owning my car for 3 years (2009 - 2012, 54k - 96k miles) 1) Timing belt replaced - $320 2) 2 Coil packs - $240 3) Oil sludge recall - covered fortunately 4) 3 CV boots - $750 5) Oil Cooler failure - $1,600 6) 2 front axles - $360 7) 2 Cylinder Oxygen Sensors - $400 8) Clutch - $800 9) Fuel pump - $800 10) 4 tires - $450 11) 4 brake pads, calipers, rotors - $600 Total repair costs = $6,320 not including routine oil change, tire balancing, etc: $400/year


Favorite Features

The best features include: -great MPG (average 25 mpg mixed city/highway) -turbo offers great acceleration -AWD 4motion delivers outstanding traction and handling -heated front seats great in winter -audio system above average


Suggested Improvements

Suggested Improvements: -Reliability!!! Problem occurs every 3-6 months after 50k miles. -Engine design: Very difficult to make repairs yourself. -Too many recalls -Does not retain high Kelly Blue Book value -Costs for yearly maintenance/repair way above average. -Owned 5 separate vehicles and this gets my lowest value rating. -Would not recommend to friends/family


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I Still LOVE This Car
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By thevelvetelvis
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2004 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4Motion AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my 2004 passat GLX 4motion slightly used with less than 9,000 miles on it. I lived in North Idaho for 11 years and this little car handled everything the weather threw at it. Now I'm in Florida and I still love my car. I'm At 65,000 miles and It has had no problems at all. Zero. I always do the routine maintenance and It still runs amazingly well. I have always had Japanese cars with their very good repair record but loved the way this little car handled so I bought it, always thinking if it becomes a problem, I'll sell it and move on. When it's time to replace this car I'll get another German car. I just love the way they handle. It's sick, but I do love this car.


Favorite Features

Engine, drive train, handling, quiet cabin, did I say engine and drivetrain? Steering. Steering. Steering.


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A really fine automobile
1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By rob_rocket
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2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Original owner of a 2004 Passat GLS 1.8T, this has been one great car. Exceptional performance, handling and fuel economy. The VW/Audi 4 cylinder turbo engine is one of the most sophisticated production engines being built, and is easy to modify for even better performance and driveability. Mated with the automatic transmission, a reprogrammed VW turbo provides amazing low-end torque and acceleration. You can easily out accelerate a V8 powered machine off the line. I also have a 5 series BMW and honestly, this car is more fun to drive - more road feel, lighter, easier to put it where you want it on the road. But don't skimp on maintenance - this car requires regular, skilled car.


Favorite Features

Handling Fit and finish - built by German tradesmen Power - 215 hp from 1.8 liters! Fuel economy Constant Velocity Transmission - say slingshot! Understated styling 6'4"? No problem


Suggested Improvements

The car begs to have it's ECM reprogrammed. Better seats


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You need to know what you are getting into
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By roznstyle
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2004 Volkswagen Passat GL 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I think a lot of people buy a VW are unaware that maintenance and adherence to manufacturer recommendations are KEY to keeping a VW on the road. I've owned my 2004 passast for 8 years and it still looks brand new after over 111K miles. A VW is not a honda where you put gas in it and change the oil every so often. you need to pay attention to using mid grade or higher fuel EVERY time. Synthetic oil, EVERY time. New Plugs every 40K per the manual, and on and on and on. YES there is a lot more in owning a VW than your run of the mill car but if you treat it right it will last for a long time. If you can handle a meticulous maintenance schedule then buy a VW but if you can't DO NOT BUY!!!!


Favorite Features

Smoothest manual transmission EVER! Sporty handling and engine.


Suggested Improvements

Reclining the front seats is a bizarre experience. What is up with the dials? every other car on the planet with manual seats has a lever.


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My first car
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By lanczer
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2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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My Father has owned 7 VWs in his lifetime. When it was time for me to get my licence my dad gave me his passat. I got it with 170,000 miles on it and absolutely no problems. This car was bought new and driven everywhere. I have driven many cars and this was by far my favorite. Its a Luxury Experience with superb handling and performance for its size. Only a short year after getting the car i was hit by a drunk driver. i was driven of the road, went airborne, and ended up in the woods. All of the airbags went off and i was able to walk away completely unscathed. The care was totaled but needless to say this car saved my life. Just yesterday i bought another one. I cant live without my VW.


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